Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Jilin Agricultural University have used a systematic approach to screen a library of promoters and terminators, where their performance was transiently evaluated in reporter assays. The characterized promoters were then employed for engineering the betalain pathway in Nicotiana benthamiana, a tobacco relative.
Givaudan partners with Ginkgo Bioworks to produce biobased ingredients for the flavours and fragrances sectors [Full subscriber]
The Swiss flavour and fragrance giant Givaudan is partnering with synthetic biology platform company Ginkgo Bioworks to develop a new series of biobased ingredients.
Naturally sourced cyan blue could replace synthetic blue dye used in the food industry [Full subscriber]
an international team of researchers, leveraging synthetic biology and computational protein design tools, have developed a long-sought naturally derived cyan blue colourant sourced from red cabbage anthocyanin pigments that may offer an alternative to the synthetically-produced industry standard blue dye, although more testing is needed to determine the compound’s safety.
Extending enzymes lifespan through metabolic engineering would drive productivity [Full subscriber]
The continuous replacement of enzymes and other proteins appropriates up to half the maintenance energy budget in microorganisms and plants. High enzyme replacement rates, therefore, cut the productivity of biosystems ranging from microbial fermentation to crops. Enzyme engineering via synthetic biology to extend its life is proposed by researchers from the University of Florida, Argonne National Laboratory, The University of Chicago and the University of Western, whereby they also present a new benchmark for evaluating the durability of any enzyme.
New synthetic biology tools paves way for complex plant engineering [Full subscriber]
Agricultural biotechnology strategies often require the precise regulation of multiple genes to effectively modify complex plant traits. However, most efforts are hindered by a lack of characterized tools that allow for reliable and targeted expression of transgenes. Now, researchers at Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in the USA have developed a new set of synthetic biology tools that could unlock advanced plant engineering.